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Hexayurt Frame TUE Research Outline

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The Hexayurt is a design pattern for making simple six sided shelters which are like the Mongolian Yurt from a variety of common industrial materials. Two basic families of Hexayurts exist - those made from panel materials, and those made from beams. The design is simple enough that construction close to or even in disaster areas seems likely. This creates the possibility of large scale shelter construction using materials common in the industrial supply chain. The Hexayurt has been field tested by the US Department of Defense, and the American and Netherlands Red Cross have show strong interest in the design.


This research examines a frame hexayurt, which is a Hexayurt with a metal frame for use in hurricane risk areas. It builds on existing work at Technical University of Eindhoven on a metal frame for a hurricane resistant building.

The geometry of the frame hexayurt is simple. It comprises 24 long and 6 short tubes arranged in a shape similar to the top part of an icosahedron but with six sides rather than five. The six short pipes form the the tension ring of the building, and their length is chosen such that the walls are vertical. (see diagram)

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  • wind
  • snow
  • water

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Building Physics

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